After the 1999 abduction, rape and murder of her 12 year daughter, Andria, Representative Rebecca Petty chose to fight for the rights of crime victims and focus her anguish on keeping the children of America safe from predatory crime and abduction. She works closely with law enforcement, crime victims, children, parents, lawmakers and her community.
Rep. Petty was a member of Team HOPE, a support network for families of missing children. She is a founding member of the Surviving Parent’s Coalition, a group formed to empower surviving parents of children who were abducted and sexually assaulted, to work together and present a unified voice for legislation in efforts to stop child sexual abuse, exploitation and abduction.
Rep. Petty was chosen to participate in a roundtable discussion with President George W. Bush and lobbied for the Child Safety Act that created the National Amber Alert System. She also lobbied for the Adam Walsh Bill to be appropriated. Since then, she has lobbied for more victim friendly laws in the state of Arkansas.
She has a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and is finishing up her master’s degree in business with an emphasis in leadership and ethics.
Rep. Petty is serving her second term in the Arkansas House. She represents District 94 which includes a portion of Benton County.
For the 91st General Assembly, Rep. Petty serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Children and Youth, Legislative and Military Affairs Committee.